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Contact Librarians and Learning Skills Advisors for Anthropology

Contact Librarian

Your Contact Librarian can help you with:

  • How and where to start researching your topic
  • Effective use of Library Search, Library databases, and the internet
  • Evaluating the information you find
  • Using the huge Monash Library collections as you study

Email me, I'm here to help.

Learning Skills Advisor

Your Learning Skills Advisor can assist you in improving their academic language and approaches to learning, including:

  • Academic English 
  • Study methods and exam preparation
  • Effective listening and note-taking
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Reading strategies
  • Essay, report and thesis writing
  • Writing for research projects
  • Oral communication and presentation

You can always email your Learning Skills Advisor, and they're are available for appointments, too.


Tip: strategies for finding ethnographies

Ethnology is the standard subject heading used by cataloguers to index ethnographies, so it is a good term to use when searching eg San ethnology

Social life is another useful term to use eg bali "social life"

For more detail select the Ethnographies tab from the top menu bar

Ethnographic Video Online

Ethnographic video online

Contains classic and contemporary documentaries; previously unpublished footage from working anthropologists and ethnographers in the field; and select feature films online in streaming video. Includes footage from every continent and hundreds of unique cultures.

Welcome to the Library Guide for Anthropology

This guide is here to help you use Monash Library effectively. We can help you explore the Library and beyond to find the right information for your assignments and research, and we offer classes and specialised advice on how to improve your study and learning skills.

Click on the blue tabs above to get started, or to see information for a specific unit, created just for you.


Anthropology is very cross disciplinary in nature. Depending on your topic you may also need to refer to the related Library Guides below:

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Need definitions?


Blackwell Reference Online
Search over 300 reference works at once.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search encyclopedias, almanacs and specialized reference sources

For more Anthropology dictionaries and encyclopedias, click the Reference works tab at the top!

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Need more help?

Try your Contact Librarian or Learning Advisor first. Then: 

  • Have a question? Head to!
  • Library help via phone is available at +61 3 9905 5054.
  • In the Library, the helpful staff at the Information Point are your first stop - come and see us!
  • You can drop in to the Research and Learning Point from 11am-3pm, Monday - Friday.
  • Our Librarians and Learning Skills Advisors run classes and workshops.
  • Check out Research and Learning Online, our online programme of self-help material.

What's all the noise??

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You may have noticed that both the Caulfield and Matheson Libraries are pretty noisy - we're undergoing some exciting refurbishments.

You can read more about them here, and keep up to date on anything you might need to know via the Library front page or on our Library social media:

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In the meantime, we apologise for interrupting your study. Please bear with us!

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Streamed Television content

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Informit EduTV  
Informit EduTV is an online TV streaming resource for Australian tertiary institutions. Informit EduTV makes it easy for lecturers and students to find and instantly watch relevant television content. 10,000 programs including documentaries, drama and series complemented with study guides and articles are accessible via computer, tablet or smartphone.